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PeterP last won the day on October 13

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  1. Spindrift 10 build

    Not saying you are doing it wrong but get the kids hooked up. The minute the kiddies are onboard so to speak you go from selfish guy wasting family money to hardworking dad bonding with his kids. Most women like that. Then you take them out sailing in a boat they helped to build, their faces light up and it's all in a bag. Perfect time to tell the good wife that the 10 footer is just a tender for the real boat of your life. Whatever that might be but (usually) a lot bigger than 10 ft. PeterP
  2. B&B Messabout 2017

    Drew, July is not the best time here to be on a sail boat. Gets pretty hot and humid, the winds are flukey and the bugs are beyond belief. Spring and fall is much better. Sailing and fishing. Just sayin' PeterP
  3. Princess Sharpie 28

    Wasserboot, thank you for your praise. I remember reading your post about wanting a boat for shallow water in the North Sea in Germany. How is that coming? PeterP
  4. Princess Sharpie 28

    One of the most sublime feelings in my life only happens on a sailboat. Picture yourself well away from land, the boat is drawing gently but steadily in a breeze, the sun warms your face and then your entire microcosm is inexorably moved up then gently let down. There is a mixture of awesome endless power and gentleness in that movement that I never get tired of experiencing yet find totally beyond any words I possess. Ocean swell. The Book says that sea can be as terrible as the face of God. But not this day - today is probably the closest I get to re-live the time of awaking consciousness back in the womb where -floating in our liquid world- danger, terror or privation had no place. Not there not yet. The silence of sails is an essential key to feeling this. Petrel is doing great. She took us on several trips and I have some pictures I would like to post
  5. Welcome back Scott!

    Longtime no hear. If only Howard would bob up - it would be like old times. For me at least. PeterP
  6. That second video looks fabulous. I've had my share of video one. I'd like to haul my Petrel out there one day and kick around a bit. PeterP
  7. Always amazes me how fast crap can happen even at 2 MPH. The guy who invents brakes for boats is going to make a killing. I will personally buy the first three sets that roll off the assembly line. After putting a 50 cal size hole into my 17' in similar circumstances to yours -by coming to a dead stop on a dock bolt - I make it a policy now to ALWAYS end the sailing part of the trip 200-300 yds off the dock. Luff up, roll up the sail(s) then row to the dock. No motor on my 17'. That flogging sail still generates a fair amount of power and unpredictability which is fine with room to play but can be a total mess near a dock. The repairs to my boat were not worth the bravado. PeterP
  8. Spotted on the water in a gale

    Just saw this, and for a tiniest moment I had a glimpse of how I think Graham feels when he sees one of his boats go by: satisfaction of a piece of work done well. Providing pleasure to others by performing well after all these years and hopefully for years to come. Kind of makes you feel sorry for todays kids who get their life experience from 3D goggles. Glad I met you mate. PeterP
  9. Addictive Properties?

    Don, try that for your next passport photo. It should make for some interesting times going through airport security. PeterP
  10. Turbo Core Sound 17

    Shazam, that is a nice piece of kit! Bit more than Teflon paint on that boat. What I am really jealous about are the wishbones. Mine did not work out at all and I am way too tired/busy right now to work up another-better set. PeterP
  11. Turbo Core Sound 17

    My guess would be Teflon bottom paint - makes the boat slide off the trailer 3x faster. Lots of hype in these 5MPH races. Just guessing though. PeterP
  12. RIP Hugh "Buck" Wilde

    This is bad news indeed! I'm sure Graham will pipe in. Buck was a good hand. His wife got hammered last year and now this. Did not know him that well but I knew him well enough to note his passing with sadness. PeterP
  13. Don, I don't think it is a pintle. I would guess it is a random piece of tubing or rod he used to shape the straps/gudgeons. Then again, maybe you just hit on the real reason he wants to sell? Only kidding. PeterP
  14. Nice Job Frank!

    Let's hear it for Frank for sprucing up the site! I think Frank needs a good grant writer to apply to HHS for cash reward for running a low cost program that keeps a bunch of insane people out of bigger trouble. Well done- PeterP
  15. Carlita's new adventure

    You guys should look into NAVIGATRIX. I have it on my e-bay $100 HP2740 that I use on the boat. It is absolutely brilliant. Designed by cruisers for sailors. And, technically, it can be had for 0$. ( They ask for donations ). As for charts- ALL CHARTS in the US ( -both raster and vector- electronic data) are produced by the government. ANYONE can download them for free. Including updates, notices to mariners and such. Part of your tax refund. Why would anyone pay gobs of money for free charts? Another way we all pitch in to perpetuate the -boat is a hole in the water to throw money into- my guess. Navigatrix AND every single ( vector) chart of US waters will fit onto 8Gig thumb drive. It is a stand-alone app - just stick it into USB port, boot up and you're away. I should also mention that I had to buy a puck GPS ($40) since the HP has no inbuilt GPS capability. As I am writing this I noticed that Navigatrix has a beta version for Android. That sounds tempting since I also have Galaxy5 but I think I still prefer the larger screen of the HP for chart work. As a back up maybe. Fair winds PeterP